Social movement society conference

I’m happy to be at the University of Ottawa, participating in a workshop considering “the social movement society.”

The idea is from a book Sid Tarrow and I edited nearly fifteen years ago.  We argued that social movements were becoming a routine part of politics in rich democratic countries.  We said:

People (and authorities) were more tolerant of protest, particularly less disruptive protest.

A wider range of constituencies would use protest to represent their claims.

The infrastructure supporting social movements had become increasingly professionalized–and dependent upon financial resources.

I expect to get a clearer sense of all that we left out or got wrong.  It’s going to be great.

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About David S. Meyer

Author and professor of Sociology and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine
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2 Responses to Social movement society conference

  1. Chema says:

    Very interesting. I am currently visiting Dominican republic and engaging with some institutions doing Advocacy. If you can read Spanish I would love to share a paper with you to have your reactions. And I would love to read the papers and conclusions of the workshop. How shall I proceed for that matter? Thanks.

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